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- National Jazz Archive
National Jazz Archive opened a new department in Southend on 6th February 2016 at the Beecroft Art Gallery in Southend’s emerging cultural quarter.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and the National Jazz Archive – which boasts the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music – have signed a 10-year service level agreement which will see a new department of the Archive operate on the lower floor of the Beecroft Gallery in Southend, Essex.
The public opening times are from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.
Planned features in the future include:
• A research collection of books and periodicals
• Supporting collections of recorded jazz and interviews with jazz musicians
• Facilities for internet research and liaison with the Archive’s headquarters at Loughton, Essex
• Travelling and in-house exhibitions of jazz, art and artefacts
• Displays of instruments and jazz memorabilia.
The Archive hopes to recruit more volunteers to supplement its existing team and to secure funding so that it can further expand its activities.
Cllr Mrs Mary Betson, Executive Councillor for Enterprise, Tourism & Economic Development, said:
“Our aspiration as an authority is to cement our position as the leading hub for culture in the East of England, so attracting the National Jazz Archive is another great coup for the Borough.
“Culture is not only critical for our continued ability to draw tourists to our town and shores but also makes an enormous contribution to the wellbeing of our residents. That’s why the Council was keen to support the National Jazz Archive in their hunt for more space for expansion and why I’m delighted to be able to welcome the Archive to a part of the town that, with the museum, planetarium and recently relocated Beecroft Gallery, is rapidly establishing itself as a cultural quarter.”
Digby Fairweather, founder of the National Jazz Archive, said:
“This wonderful development represents the most significant advance in the preservation of jazz’s culture since the National Jazz Archive opened in Loughton in 1988, and its arrival opens the door for endless possibilities in the future, including the establishment of a national jazz centre for the UK.”
For further information please contact:
Nick Clarke, National Jazz Archive, 020 8502 4701 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is supported by The National Lottery® through the Heritage Lottery Fund
- The Portable Antiquities Scheme
About the scheme:
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme that records archaeological material found by members of the public across England and Wales. Their website can be found here: https://finds.org.uk
Every year many thousands of objects are discovered, many of these by metal-detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. These finds can be reported to your local Finds Liaison Officer, who will be happy to explain in more detail how the process works. The Finds Liaison Officer for Essex is Ben Paites. You can contact Ben by phone on 01206 506961 or by email Ben.Paites@colchester.gov.uk. Ben is not always available at the office at short notice, so please ensure you contact him via phone or email to make an appointment in advance. Alternatively, it may be possible to pass objects to Ben via one of the counties district museums or at a metal detecting club.
It is important that this material is recorded so that we can advance our understanding of the past and so that we can educate future generations using this incredible resource. Many research projects have been conducted using the material recorded on the PAS database, allowing us to gain a much deeper understanding of our local and national history.
The Treasure Act:
Another aspect of the scheme’s work is implementing the Treasure Act 1996. You have a legal obligation to report any found item that might fall under the Treasure Act within 14 days of discovery. For the stipulations of the Treasure Act and to understand what constitutes Treasure please take a look here: http://finds.org.uk/treasure.
In brief, treasure can be any of the following:
• An object of more than 10% gold or silver, older than 300 years.
• Two or more coins of more than 10% gold or silver, older than 300 years.
• Ten or more coins of less than 10% gold or silver, older than 300 years.
• Objects made of any material, associated with objects of the above.
• Any metal object that is Prehistoric in date (2003 amendment act)
If an object that was found before 24th September 1997 will fall under Treasure Trove and follows different characterisation:
Only objects that are less than 300 years old, that are made substantially of gold or silver, that have been deliberately hidden with the intention of recovery and whose owners or heirs are unknown will come into this category.